Local Area Activities
From the historic downtown river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, Wilmington and our beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, all charm visitors and residents alike with an independent spirit and energy that nourishes and recharges the soul. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it's the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.
Located along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington in Riverfront Park, the curbside market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts and more. View Photo Gallery
From specialty boutiques offering unique lines to malls carrying the large national brands, Wilmington has an amazing array of shops. Whether you're looking for clothes, games, children's toys, electronics, art, antiques, housewares, books, appliances or almost anything else, we have a shop for you. Bargain hunters will be pleased with the large number of consignment shops in the area.
The Wilmington Trolley Company offers narrated tours of downtown Wilmington in an old-fashioned (except for the rubber tires) trolley car. The Trolley is conveniently located on the historic Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington, on Water Street. The tour provides a very complete overview of the historical significance of the area.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
As seen in Southern Living magazine, your costumed driver narrates your unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions of old Wilmington with our rescued horses. Open year round for tours, weddings, private reservations, and special holiday tours
Sunset & Scenic Water Tours
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and The Cape Fear Naturalist offer a wide variety of tours and excursions for visitors to the beach and year-round residents alike. Whether it is a quick hour turn around the harbor or a day long birding trip to a pristine barrier island, you will see more, learn more and enjoy more.
Wilmington and the beach communities feature everything from seafood restaurants to Thai, French, real Italian, great sushi, Japanese, Continental and many other varieties is available. And even at our finest restaurants, you can feel relatively at ease in casual dress, including walking shorts and polo shirts.
Discover the magic of Wilmington on this entertaining, award-winning family friendly tour. Join locally renowned actors and ghost hunters on a 90-minute journey into the depths of haunted Wilmington. Witness Wilmington's most actively haunted sites & hear eerie tales past & present including actual ghostly encounters during recent tours. As researched since 1978. Locally owned & operated.